This past year has been an eventful and successful year for the EWB-UCT chapter. "Becoming High Impact Engineers" was the underlying theme that was set for the year and we are proud to have provided projects and events that gave our members the opportunities to have a positive impact in and around their communities, and of course, for themselves.
The Vukukhanye Project, a project that EWB-UCT has managed for 3 years now, has finally been completed with the last phase entailing the provision of maintenance and a fresh coat of paint to the window sills and security gates outside each classroom. Our members also went over and above by painting the area around the entrance of the school with colourful designs and patterns providing a more inviting environment for learning.
The Solar Project, in collaboration with Project 90, was a new and successful project that was run this year. The project focused on teaching high school students the importance of renewable energy in an environmentally conscious society; the basics of circuit building and soldering; and finally, how to build their very own solar boxes. The time these students spent with us will also counted as hours towards their President's Award, which we were excited to see them achieve.
Another new weekly project that was started this year was the tutoring of high school students in Maths and Science, subjects essential to pursuing a career in engineering. Everyone involved had great time and we were excited to see friendships being formed between students and tutors.
Among the many events, the design challenges were most popular. The first design challenge was held in collaboration with UCT-MATIES and focused on Human Centered design and Personal development. The next challenge was the Gravity Challenge hosted in collaboration with Red Bull and mainly focused on being a fun afternoon for our members to investigate gravity's effect on a misfortunate egg. Finally, the EWB Social Impact design challenge had our members and professionals split up into 4 teams to tackle the real and pertinent issues that face the communities of Mzondi and Mnandini.
Given Cape Town's ongoing awareness with water preservation it would have been amissed not to host events such as our Water Awareness Movie Night and Panel Discussion. We were honoured to have Future Water lead the panel discussion as they gave further insight into sustainable water habits. The members thoroughly enjoyed the evening, not to mention the popcorn and refreshments that were served.
We would like to thank all our members for making 2018 a memorable and successful year and wish them all the best in becoming the high impact engineers they are.
Compiled by Joash Naidoo